Thank you to everyone who is following along in this series! Although I do it every year, I still love the timing of the different fruits- especially how kindness and goodness fall right before Christmas. The recipes for kindness are exactly what you might be thinking- different recipes that are great for gifting. These are literally the perfect last minute gift since you don't have to worry about online shipping deadlines ;). Goodness recipes are your ultimate comfort food recipes. Of course, comfort food means something different to everyone, but my dietitian friends have contributed their favorites and I'm sure you'll find one or two or five that you'll love!
"Oh how abundant is your GOODNESS which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you..." -Psalms 31:19
Stay tuned for the 4th and final post after Christmas that will feature the final fruits, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Wishing you the merriest and most blessed Christmas! <3 Shannon
I'm always pleasantly surprised when cookies made without any grains somehow can turn out just as chewy and delicious as traditional cookies. Even MR. KISS in the Kitchen is loving this recipe and he's more of a "gluten-full" cookie man, if you know what I mean ;).
It's no secret that it's pumpkin spice (and pumpkin spice latte) season and this month's The Recipe ReDux theme is all about pumpkin spice! Some of my favorite dietitian bloggers have some pretty creative pumpkin spice recipes so make sure to check out their recipes at the end of this post!
With only 5 ingredients, these cookies are incredibly simple to make. Simply mix almond butter, coconut sugar, egg, baking soda and pumpkie pie spice together, roll into balls and bake. It really is THAT simple. And the result is THAT delicious. And although there aren't any grains in this recipe, I'm not trying to pass it off as a "healthy cookie". There's plenty of sugar in this recipe to disqualify from any sort of light cookie experience, but who's really into diet cookies anyway ;)?
If you bake these cookies for about 8 minutes they turn out chewy (how I like them), but if you are more of a crunchy cookie person then bake for about 10 minutes!
KISS Tip #1: You may want to double this recipe because in my experience, the cookies go FAST!
KISS Tip #2: Make sure to use raw almond butter that doesn't have any added ingredients. If you choose one that has added sugars, oils, etc., it may alter the baking process or final texture of the cookie. I use the almond butter that is actually ground at the store and is only 100% almonds!
Be sure and check out all the other pumpkin spice recipes from other fantastic bloggers by clicking The Recipe ReDux photo below!
KISS Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 20 cookies
1 cup almond butter*
1 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.) In a medium bowl combine almond butter, coconut sugar, egg, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice.
3.) Using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop batter (heaping) and roll into a ball.
4.) Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart and using a fork, create criss crosses on the ball, flattening them slightly.
5.) For chewy cookies, bake for about 8 minutes. For crispy cookies, bake for about 10.
*As mentioned in the post, make sure to use raw almond butter that doesn't have any added ingredients. If you choose one that has added sugars, oils, etc., it may alter the baking process or final texture of the cookie. I use the almond butter that is actually ground at the store and is only 100% almonds!
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Charcuterie boards have become super popular in the past couple years. Some of my favorite local restaurants have the best boards and it's so fun to order exactly what you want from a wide variety of meats, cheeses, spreads, etc. BUT what's even more fun is making your own board at home! Not only are your options completely endless, but you can incorporate a lot more fruits, veggies and fun things to dip in your different spreads!
Charcuterie boards are also THE BEST thing to serve at a party or holiday gathering. What's better than serving up a huge tray of food that will feed a crowd, but you don't actually have to have a recipe to follow? I'm excited to share some "tips" on building a board, but just know that there isn't a right or wrong way with charcuterie!
There also isn't a right or wrong chip to serve with your beautiful board, but I want to tell y'all all about Simply 7 Snacks. They quickly became my favorite chip brand a couple years ago after learning about their 7 Simple Standards. Their gluten free chips only have clean ingredients you can actually pronounce, have zero grams trans fat, no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors and are simply delicious. Did y'all catch all that? Clean chips that actually taste good and don't have a bunch of wonky things you're worried about your kids or yourself eating! That's what you call WINNING and Simply 7 snacks are my go-to chip to include when serving charcuterie for friends and family!
So let's talk about 5 easy steps to building the perfect charcuterie board!
1.) Select at least 5 different protein sources, including a variety of animal and plant protein sources (unless of course you or your guests are vegetarian/vegan). Some options include prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, ham, turkey, dried sausage, hard or soft cooked eggs, assorted cheese cubes (muenster cheese is my fav!), hummus and nuts.
2.) Select at least 5 different fruits and veggies, including ones ideal for dipping! Cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, tomatoes, assorted berries, grapes, peach and pear slices. Pickled vegetables and roasted fruit also make for an especially nice touch!
3.) Include some healthy fats. Olives, a variety of nuts (pistachios, cashews, macadamia nuts, and walnuts, just to name a few), hummus and avocado (sliced or mashed) are excellent healthy fats to make your board extra hearty!
4.) Include a variety of fun and flavorful dippers, like Simply 7 chips. With 24 different chip options, they have everything from lentil to quinoa to kale to hummus to veggie chips! There are numerous flavor options, but my three favorites are the Quinoa Sea Salt, Quinoa Barbeque and Lentil Jalapeno. I love having a balance of mildly flavored dippers and some bold options. I'm not usually a huge fan of jalapeno, but they nailed the flavor!
5.) Serve more than you need and serve with wine. Okay, maybe you don't have to have wine, but I would highly recommend it ;). Definitely serve extra though because it's hard to predict how much people will eat AND the leftovers are seriously perfect for bento box lunches for both kiddos and adults!
If serving charcuterie for a large gathering, you may want to consider having multiple boards based on food preferences or allergies. For the most part, your guests will probably just pick and choose what they want, but if you know someone has a nut, dairy or egg allergy, I would suggest having a separate board or bowl for those ingredients. And if you're looking for better-for-you dippers that are allergy-friendly, you can rest assured that all of Simply 7 Snacks are free of the top 8 allergens! None of their chips have GMO ingredients, they have many vegan-friendly options AND their snacks have up to 18% less calories, 30-50% less fat and more vitamins than standard potato chips. Like I said earlier, WINNING.
I hope y'all are more excited than ever to build your next charcuterie board! Happy eating, happy entertaining and happy Fall! Follow me on Instagram for more charcuterie inspiration! <3 Shannon
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Welcome to KISS in the Kitchen! I'm Shannon, and my dad always told me "Keep it simple, Shannon". And that's what you'll find here- simple recipes and simple ideas to help you get healthier and happier.